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Folk America: a must-watch/record series

January 23, 2009
Folk America, the central trio of one-hour documentaries in BBC 4’s timely new series of the same name, are must-watch/record programmes.

If they’re as good as BBC 4’s similar earlier series – Folk… Jazz… (etc)… Britannia they could well be the best documentaries of 2009.

The series starts tonight at 9pm: Folk America – new series exploring the revival of American folk music (Part 1), and is repeated late tonight and on Sunday. Part 2 – Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie et al – airs next Friday at 9pm, with repeats.

As for the rest of the programmes in the series – er, no thanks, not really my cup of tea.

Online access: Some BBC TV programmes are accessible online via iPlayer for a short period after transmission:

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

Gerry Smith

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Folk America on UK TV

Thanks to Martin Cowan:

A feast of viewing is on the horizon for Dylan Daily readers and Grown-Ups everywhere, as follows:

* Friday 23 January 2009 BBC4
8.00 Seasick Steve: Bringing it all back home (documentary about the blues singer)
8.30 Seasick Steve at Reading 2008 (live performance)
9.00 Folk America – new series exploring the revival of American folk music (Part 1)
10.00 Folk America at the Barbican – Hollerers, Stompers and Old Time Ramblers – concert
11.00 Desperate Man blues – profile of Joe Bussard

* Tuesday 27 January 2009 BBC4
11.15 Richie Havens in concert
11.55 Tom Paxton In concert
12.25 Judy Collins in concert
1.00 Joan Baez in concert
1.40 Crosby and Nash in concert

* Wednesday 28 January 2009 BBC4
8.30 – Tonight in Person – Peter Paul and Mary

* Friday 30 January 2009 BBC4
8.00 BBC4 session – Bruce Springsteen at the LSO, his tribute
to Pete Seeger
9.00 Folk America (part 2 – Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie et al)
10.00 Later…folk America (Norah Jones, Johnny Cash,
Emmylou Harris etc)
11.00 Arena Rock Docs – Woody Guthrie

Online access: Some BBC TV programmes are also accessible online via iPlayer for a short period after transmission:

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer